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Paco Porras, popular puppeteer of Madrid in the early 1990s

Francisco Porras

Country

Spain

First Name

Francisco

Surname

Porras

Birth

Barcelona, Spain (1931)

Death

Madrid, Spain (1998)

Spanish puppeteer, known as, “The Puppeteer from Retiro”, the great public park in Madrid. He was a relentless researcher, collector, editor and writer, authoring Titelles, teatro popular (Puppets, Popular Theatre, 1981), Los Títeres de Falla y García Lorca (The Puppets of Falla and García Lorca, 1995) and editing the journal Títere (Puppet), the only publication devoted to this art in Spain for many years.

Many current practitioners owe their discovery of the world of puppetry to the contagious enthusiasm displayed at his theatre in Retiro. He died in Madrid, and following his wishes, his ashes were scattered in Retiro Park.

(See Spain.)